Following the events of Civil War Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) are on the run. But Pym’s plans to rescue his long lost wife from the quantum realm means that Scott may have to break the terms of his house arrest.
For all Marvel aficionados out there, you know what to expect. This film is set before the happenings of Infinity War, it has a mid and post credits sting and Ant Man is the smaller scale (do you see what I did there?) comedy entry in the series. And it’s really great.
I have to say I really enjoy Marvel’s outsider films. Guardians humour and space setting, Dr. Strange’s mystical powers and Ant Man’s humour are all fantastic palate cleansers from the huge scale Avenger based movies. And Ant Man and the Wasp is no exception to that. It features some brilliant gags (Lang naming his ants is genius), some hilarious returning characters (Michael Pena’s Luis) and some brilliant new ones (Randall Park’s FBI agent). The enemies are smaller scale and intriguing, with Walton Goggins black marketeer and Hannah John-Kamen’s phase shifting Ghost having very different agendas to mess with our heroes plans. And it is endlessly inventive, from a luggage lab, hot wheels cars and an end credits sequences recreating scenes from the film in models.
It’s so great that it’s easy to miss that this is the first Marvel film with a female superhero in the title and Lilly kicks some serious butt as The Wasp.